“Eric’s got no sense of rhythm”, sighs his mother, as she drops him off for his lesson one day. “I guess it runs in the family. I never could play in time, and I can’t dance at all.”
“Come on, Eric,” I say, encouragingly, looking down at the anxious nine year old, fiddling with his music case. “Let’s go have some fun.” Later, after we march around the room keeping time with the music and take turns to play rhythmic patterns on the drums, it seems far more likely to me that he’s just been disconnected from his natural sense of pulse and rhythm.
So how can we assist our students in getting back in touch with that natural connection?